Google today introduced YouTube Gaming, a service that will go live later this year allowing gamers to watch and stream content on both mobile and the Web. Details regarding the Big G’s new announcement of gaming on YouTube service can be found right here.
What if the world watching people live streaming as they play games is apparently a pretty big one as proven when Amazon brought Twitch, but today with this introduction, Google is all set to join fray with a new service of its own. Mammoth!
Called YouTube Gaming, isn’t live yet. Google’s new gaming oriented treatment of YouTube will go live at some point in 2015. Right now all you can do is register your interest for the new project, with Google emailing you when the venture goes live.
According to the tweets sent out by a new account swet up as part of the YouTube Gaming unveiling, it will be available online and on mobile, with iOS and Android apps on its way. Dubbed YouTube Gaming will feature improved personalization options for content creators. And those watching will be able to tell Google what their favorite gamplays are in order to get recommendations on streams and other games that they might be interested to watch online.
According to an official blog post by Google itself:
YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators
Content in Google Gaming will split into categories of three segments: Games, Feed and Channels with improved commenting and chat features set to arrive alongside the YouTube Gaming service. Currently a little is known about what YouTube Gaming will look and work like when it does go lve streaming.
Note: Channels that demonstrate how to build environments in “sandbox” game Minecraft command views into the hundreds of millions. Advertising revenue is shared between the broadcaster and YouTube. Like Twitch, YouTube also allows for a “tip jar” function for viewers to send money to the broadcaster. YouTube Gaming would provide an area on its channel fenced off from the rest, so that “typing ‘call’ will show you ‘Call of Duty’ and not [pop song] ‘Call Me Maybe’.”
Screenshots to go along with, but with Twitch already well established in the gaming arena and built into consoles for both the streaming and consuming of content. YouTube Gaming may however have a fight on its bare hands. How Google’s recommendation engine is capable of, is to see and any competition for Skitch is a good thing as far as we are concerned.
For now as its part, Twitch is taking Google’s announcement in its stride, tweating earlier to ‘Welcome Player 2’ to the market. It’s the Twitch allows gaming fans to watch and interact with live broadcasts of others playing games.
It’s said that YouTube Gaming will contain over 25,000 individual game portals which bring together all the activity around each title on a single page and Google hoping the new services will lure gamers away from rival Twitch which currently dominates the market for live online broadcasting. Around 12 billion hurs of live gaming are watched on the site every month.
We have to see how YouTube Gaming service will compete with Twitch and another compettor Steam Bradcasting, caters of PC gamers, but is less popular. Interested in YouTube Gaming, then you can sign-up for the service by heading over to the following URL: gaming.youtube.com.